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An Emerging Market: Investing in Nanosolar - Erik Straser (MDV)
Date: 10/8/2008
Length: 5 minutes
Speaker(s): Erik Straser
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: In this clip, Erik Straser, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, discusses a case study of his firm's investment in a new solar technology modeled after printing a daily newspaper. Straser speaks in depth about reducing the costs
and complexity of the sector, choosing the right entrepreneur, and gauging the level of capital investment required.

Other Videos in Series

An Emerging Market: Investing in Nanosolar - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: In this clip, Erik Straser, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, discusses a case study of his firm's investment in a new solar technology modeled after printing a daily newspaper. Straser speaks in depth about reducing the costs
and complexity of the sector, choosing the right entrepreneur, and gauging the level of capital investment required. Watch More
Clean Tech's Global Opportunity - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: As the tech bubble was bursting on American soil, Mohr Davidow Ventures partner Erik Straser realized that a tremendous opportunity was rising overseas. Forty percent of the planet's population is coming into a middle-class
standard of living, and infrastructure and energy to support their desire for products and services is to become the driving force behind his career focus. This observation motivated the investor to explore the growing field of clean
technologies. Watch More
Emerging Long Waves of Research and Industry - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: In addition to his focus on clean technologies, Mohr Davidow Ventures VC Erik Straser has his eye on other global trends capable of significant macroeconomic consequences. Biofuels, bioengineering, more quantitative study in
medicine, and the exploration of lifestyle diseases, in Straser's analysis, all present the seeds of future entrepreneurial endeavors. Watch More
Find a Wave and Ride It - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: Learning the history of Silicon Valley, says Erik Straser, partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, is the best method to predict its future. He suggests that students of business and entrepreneurship investigate the emerging trends in
technology at research universities and elsewhere to unearth the Valley's forward focus. His advice: Find a lengthy, immutable trend that will permeate the next the 30 years, jump on it, and launch your career. Watch More
Honing in on the High Points of Clean Tech - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: A good VC must be be thesis-driven, says Erik Straser, a frequent investor in alternative technologies and partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Waiting for new ideas and technologies to come knocking on your door is a slow reactive
strategy, and it won't produce leaders in the field. Stay meshed in the university research centers where innovation is being extracted, and the investor will attract the right entrepreneurs. Watch More
Public Policy Support of Alternative Energies - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: Venture is more policy-influenced than ever before, says Erik Staser, Mohr Davidow Ventures partner. For the first time ever, public policy has a horizon of investment tax credit to help facilitate long-term investment in clean
technologies. Says Straser, the Valley is learning to plan its investment strategies within the confines of burgeoning and supportive policy framework. Watch More
The Credit Crisis Hits Sand Hill Road - Erik Straser (MDV)
Erik Straser
10/8/2008
Summary: Will the nation's famed investment avenue suddenly reach a dead end? The map toward future investment could be marred with tighter coffers in a poor economic climate, says Mohr Davidow Ventures partner Erik Straser, though good
and intrepid companies will likely continue to find backers. Alternative sources of capital are a necessity in a global financial crisis, says Straser, and emerging technologies will likely feel the pinch of the higher cost of capital
resulting from the credit crisis of 2008. Watch More

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